Originally Posted by trinisweetness
I am looking to knock down a wall in the new house my husband and i just purchased and we are not sure if its a load bearing wall. I was told we would need a structural engineer. Anyone have any experience with this or recommendations, pricing? Any help would be grateful!
A structural engineer is overkill and a waste of money in this situation. First off, are you going to do this work yourself? I'm guessing not if your unsure of your homes construction. I'm sure you have some electrical in the wall as well. I suggest that you bring in a few contractors to give you estimates. They will be able to tell you if it's load bearing or not. It may not be a bearing wall but it may have a point load in one location of the wall. Any contractor worth his salt will be able to tell you within a few minutes if it is bearing or not. If you do choose to do it yourself you have your questions answered by professionals. But do get a few of them in to look so you don't end up with one price and one opinion.
Being in residential construction for 30 yrs I would not recommend a $600 house call from an engineer. But it is your money to spend. Good Luck!